Kia Ora!

Welcome to issue #37 of Recovery Roundup.

This week we would like to remind members of our community that support is available for those who might be dealing with mental/emotional health struggles. We know that these are tough times for some people in our community and not every one has recovered from the July/February flooding events. There are a number of organisations that can provide free mental/emotional health support, see below for more information, or visit the ‘where to get help’ page of this website.

See below for more information on news and updates this week.

Ngā mihi, have a great weekend.

Did you miss last weeks update? Catch up on all the news here.


There’s still time to complete the Operation Outreach survey checking the progress of red and yellow stickered home owners in Buller. For a copy of the survey email Shayne Barry at: or download the form below. You can collect forms (or drop off completed ones) at the Community Hub.

Download the Questionnaire: Operation Outreach Questions

looking after yourself with westpac ambassador sir john kirwan

Come along and listen to John’s story along with some of the tools he has used to stay well during challenging times.

JK’s personal journey with depression has led him to be actively involved in mental health awareness campaigns in New Zealand. For his incredible commitment and work in this space JK was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday honours. And in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee honours, JK was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to mental health and rugby.

A world class winger, JK’s contribution to rugby, both as a player and a coach, has been immense. JK is one of the highest try scorers in international rugby union history and still holds a couple of NZ rugby records. The other side of the story is while he was scoring tries and becoming a rugby legend, he was also battling depression.

Sir John Kirwan is presenting in Karamea and Reefton next week, 13th of July. This is a free event with light snacks and refreshments provided. Secure your seat by pre-registering for this event via links below.

  • Book your seat for the presentation in Karamea
  • Book your seat for the presentation in Reefton


If you’re feeling distressed or worried about how you’re feeling physically or emotionally, reach out to friends or whānau and contact your GP or other healthcare provider for advice. You can also contact the organisations below for help or to find extra support:

It’s important to seek help if you’re feeling distressed

  • Need to talk? (Free call or text 1737)
  • Lifeline (0800 543 354)
  • The Depression Helpline (0800 111 757)
  • Healthline (0800 611 611)
  • 0800 Whats up
  • Samaritans (0800 726 666)
  • Youthline (0800 376 633, free text 234)

Need to talk? 1737 is a free four-digit phone and text number designed to meet the needs of anyone who wants to talk to a counsellor. 1737 is not tied to a specific mental health issue or condition. It is free to call or text from any landline or mobile phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained mental health professionals are available to respond to calls, texts, webchat and emails. Call or text 1737 any time for 24/7 helpline


Lifeline’s mission is to reduce distress and save lives by providing safe, accessible, effective and non-judgemental services. The service works specifically to increase awareness and understanding of suicide prevention in Aotearoa New Zealand, resourcing people with effective skills to support others.

0800 LIFELINE (0800 54 33 54) or free text HELP (4357) 0508 TAUTOKO (0508 82 88 65) KIDSLINE 0800 54 37 54

NEED HELP? PH 0800 768 348

All are welcome at The Community Hub. Whether you have been impacted directly, or are interested to learn more about the recovery effort, pop down to the community hub for a cuppa and a chin wag.

The Community Hub is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am-4.00pm. Phone 0800 768 348 for assistance outside normal opening hours.

On behalf of the Flood Recovery Team, we wish you a safe and sunny weekend.

Noho ora mai